Mr. Karma Gayphel, Lecturer

Professional Biography

Karma Gayphel is a Teacher Educator and a Counselling faculty in the Department of Contemplative Counselling and Psychology Education at Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. He is actively involved in training both teachers and counsellors at different levels. He pursued his Masters Degree in Human Service Counselling from Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia. He has been conferred the title of ICAP I (International Certified Addiction Professional – I) by the International Centre for Credentialing and Education (ICCE), Colombo Plan Secretariat. He is also a National Trainer in the field of Addiction Counselling and trained several addiction professionals including school counsellors, health professionals and peer helpers in the country.

He has been the Head for Counselling and Psychology Department, and the Programme Leader for the Post-graduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling for several years during which he was instrumental in the counselling programme development and actively involved in the review of several other programmes at the college.  Currently, he serves as the Dean of Student Affairs in the College.

Philosophy of Teaching and Learning

Fostering positive relationships with students is the quintessential aspect of teaching learning processes. Spending some time to get to know students personally, before even beginning to teach, goes a long way in cultivating a positive connection and creating an environment conducive to learning and meeting students’ developmental, emotional and academic needs. Therefore, a positive relationship, based on a degree of trust and respect, between a teacher and students is the cornerstone for learning and social maturation process. For Karma, a positive relationship with students is more important that what he teaches.

Academic/Educational Qualification:

  • M.A. in Human Service Counselling from Curtin University of Technology (Australia, 2006)
  • Bachelor of Education (NIE, Samtse, 2002).

Professional experience: 

  • Lecturer & Subject Leader, Centre for Contemplative Counselling Education and Research, Samtse College of Education (2013 – 2018)
  • Lecturer & Programme Leader (Post-graduate Diploma in Guidance in Counselling), Samtse College of education (2009 – 2013)
  • Lecturer & Head, Department of Counselling and Psychology, Samtse College of Education (2007 – 2010)
  • Teacher & Counsellor, Ugyen Dorji Higher Secondary School, Haa (2002-2006)

Current responsibilities:

  • Dean Student Affairs

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Publications (Book chapters)

Lhamo, J., Gayphel, K., Rinchen, S. and Daker, S. (2017). Dynamics of Mindfulness for Purposeful Living, Powietrzynska and Tobin’s (Eds.). Sense Publishers: Boston.

Conference Papers/Invited Talks

Presented a proposal on ‘Positive Discipline in Schools’ in the 2nd Faculty-student Research Convention organized by the College Research Committee at Samtse College of Education on 27th September 2016.

Presented a paper on ‘Spiritual Greenery in Five Schools of Samtse – An Enquiry’ in the 3rd International Creative University Network (ICUN) Conference on ‘Creative Economy, Creative University, and Creative Development’ held in Thimphu from 14-16 April 2014. An abstract of the paper is published in the conference book of abstracts, 2014.

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